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UW-Superior to fight cyber attacks

A grant from the National Science Foundation will go toward developing programs to train students at six UW campuses. The University of Wisconsin-Superior is becoming a boot camp in the war against computer hackers and terrorists. The National Science Foundation recently awarded UWS a $387,603 grant to develop programs to train university students in computer security. The grant is part of $1.2 million awarded to the Wisconsin Cyber Security Coalition, which consists of UWS and five other UW campuses. “We are very excited,” said Victor Piotrowski, chairman of UWS’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “We started the collaboration in December 2001. We have worked for two years, so this wasn’t unexpected.” The coalition, led by UW-Milwaukee, is made of UWS, UW-Madison, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Parkside. The campuses are working together to meet the growing demand for college graduates skilled in cyber security or, more formally, information assurance. Full Story

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